WASHINGTON — Sa'eed Nelson led all scorers with 27 points and had a chance to nail a buzzer-beater in regulation but a missed play forced overtime where Colgate took the lead and won 83-81 on Saturday afternoon at Bender Arena.
- American sits tied with Army West Point in fourth place with four games to go and the series finale next weekend.
- Nelson finished the contest shooting 9 of 17 from the field and 8-for-9 at the line. He also added six assists and five rebounds.
- Stacy Beckton Jr. had another high-energy offensive performance with 17 points four rebounds and three blocks.
- Mark Gasperini added 13 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
- Sam Iorio and Jacob Boonyasith each had eight points.
- American led 36-31 at the half after an early 9-0 lead to begin play.
- Colgate kept the contest tight in the second half with AU taking a 61-54 lead on a Gasperini jumper with 8:41 remaining.
- Francisco Amiel tied the contest on a 3-pointer with 28 seconds remaining to force overtime.
- American had the last possession but a Nelson turnover sent the game to the extra period.
- In overtime, Colgate led by five (80-75) with 1:38 left after a long 3-pointer by Rapolas Ivanauskas.
- AU once again had a chance to win after Will Rayman missed one of two free throws but an Iorio 3-pointer was off the mark at the buzzer.
- Jordan Burns led the Raiders with 20 points on 6 of 9 from the outside.
- Ivanauskas had 19 points and five rebounds and Dana Batt added 12 points for the Raiders.
- Prior to the start of the contest, AU honored its four seniors (Justin Perez, Matt Cimino, Cheikh 'CB' Diallo and Lary Motuzis) and head team manager Max Firtel.
- AU hits the road for a pair next week at Lafayette (Feb. 20) and Army West Point (Feb. 24).
- The Eagles' final regular-season home game is Feb. 27 against Lehigh.
- The regular-season finale is March 2 at Holy Cross.
- Tickets to all AU Men's Basketball home games at Bender Arena are available throughout the season on AUeagles.com/Tickets.
- Individual game tickets are available for $10 to $18 for adults and $7 to $14 for youth 17 & below and seniors over 65. Military members, veterans, and AU students are invited to join the Eagles for free admission with valid ID. Bring a group and save up to 50% off on end zone reserved seating.
- AU has extended its free two tickets offer for Federal Government workers through the men's and women's basketball and wrestling regular seasons.